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HISTORICAL BATHHOUSES IN ISTANBUL

A great majority of hammams known as washing, purification and even healing places of Ottomans still act. As an integral part of Turkish culture, they had hammams built mostly in 17th century. It is known that within only this century, they had 168 bathhouses build in Istanbul. A great majority of hammams put into service of society had been ordered by Sinan the architech to do. Today we experience this culture at such hammams that are actively used and open to public. 

 

Cagaloglu Bathhouse 

Cağaloğlu Hamamı

One of the biggest bathhouses in Istanbul, Cagaloglu Bathhouse is included into the list of "Thousand Places to be Seen Before Die", which was prepared by the New York Times Journal. Another feature of this hammam that was ordered to build at the era of Mahmut I is that it was the last big bathhouse built in Ottoman era.  This bathhouse is still in use, which was ordered to build in architecture of Baroque style.  There are separate divisions for ladies and men.  You may contact Cagaloglu Hammam at telephone number (0212) 512 85 53, and it locates at  Kazim Ismail Gurkan Cad. No: 24 Cagaloglu-Eminonu/Istanbul.

 

Suleymaniye Bathhouse 

Süleymaniye Hamamı

One of the irreplaceable buildings of Istanbul silhouette, Suleymaniye Bathhouse still does not collapse for years since 1557 and continues to render service.  It consists of 3 division, which was built by Sinan the architect during his semi-skilled period.  It comprises lady division, men division and a private loggia and it is highly preferred by the foreign visitors today as well.  Its private loggia is known as a location where Suleyman the magnificent had washed.  You may contact Suleymaniye Bathhouse locating at Mimar Sinan Caddesi No:20 Suleymaniye/ Istanbul at telephone number (0212) 519 55 69 if you wished.  

 

Tiled (Cinili) Bathhouse

Çinili Hamam

It is built upon order of Kosem Sultan in 1640, and Cinili Bathhouse was named for special tiles used at that period. However, visitors fail to see such special tiles today as they were stolen.   Another element rendering Cinili Bathhouse special for using it in various artistic projects is that it has higher domes when compared to many other bathhouses.  Message services are presented within the hammam.  You may access to Cinili Bathhouse locating at  Valide-i Atik Mah. 34664 Uskudar/ Istanbul through tel. no. (0216) 334 97 10. 

 

Galatasaray Bathhouse 

Galatasaray Hamamı

It is known that Galatasaray Bathhouse was ordered to build by Bayezit II for obeying by, satisfying with the request of Gul Baba.  Bathhouse features one of the most preferred bathhouses today in Istanbul city.  It renders services since 1484, and it had been used by many sultans, grand viziers and generals in the past periods.  It locates at  Turnacibasi Sokak No:24 Galatasaray- Beyoglu/ Istanbul and you may access it at telephone no. (0212) 252 42 42 or (0212) 249 43 42. 

 

Kilic Ali Pasha Bathhouse

Kılıç Ali Paşa Hamamı

Denominated by Kilic Ali Pasha, one of the most important generals in Ottoman and built by Sinan the architect.  It remained closed for long years but opened to render service in 2012. It is considered that it was ordered to build in 1583. Kilic Ali Pasha bathhouse accommodates some events such as bride bath, forty bath and bridegroom bath, and it employs the second biggest dome in Istanbul.  It locates at Kemankes Mah. Hamam Sok. No: 1 Tophane - Karakoy/ Istanbul, and you may contact it: at (0212) 393 80 10. 

 

Cemberlitas Bathhouse 

Çemberlitaş Hamamı

It was build by Sinan the architect in 1584 upon request of Nur Banu Sultan and Cemberlitas bathhouse positions next to Grand Bazaar. It consisted of divisions for ladies and men and it is called with Valide Sultan bathhouse and Rose bathhouse in past.  Cemberlitas bathhouse is talked with designation of Murat III bathhouse in the Itinerary of famous Evliya Celebi.  Cemberlitas bathhouse accommodates Ottoman inscriptions on some of its navel stones that are making it special.  It locates at Vezirhan Cad. No: 8 Cemberlitas/ Istanbul and you may contact it  No: (0212) 522 79 74. 

 

 

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